Discussion Grading Rubric

Sample Grading Rubric for Online Discussion

Score                Level of Participation During One Week

0 points            Minimum number of postings not met

7 points            Minimums met; all discussion on Level I

8 points            Minimums met; at least one example of discussion above Level I

9 points            Minimums met; at least one example of discussion above Level I with at least one above Level II

10 points           Minimums met; at least two examples of discussion above Level I with at least one above Level III

 

Evaluation of Levels of Thinking in Weekly Threaded Discussions

Critical thinking

Level I

Elementary clarification

Introduce a problem; pose a question; pass on information without elaboration.

 

Level II

In-depth clarification

Analyze a problem; identify assumptions.

 

Level III

Inference

Make conclusions based on evidence from prior statements; generalizing.

 

Level IV

Judgment

Express an opinion about a conclusion or the relevance of an argument, theory, or solution.

 

Level V

Strategy

Propose a solution; outline requirements for its implementation.

Information processing

Level I

Surface

Repeat information; make a statement without justification; suggest a solution without explanation.

 

Level II

In-depth

Bring in new information; show links, propose a solution with explanation; show evidence of justification; present a wider view.


 

Skills

Level I

Evaluation

Question your ideas or approach to a task; for example, “I don’t understand."

 

Level II

Planning

Show evidence of organizing steps needed and prediction of what is likely to happen;

for example, “I think I should..."

 

Level III

Regulation

Show evidence of implementing a strategy and assessing progress; for example, “I have done...."

 

Level IV

Self-awareness

For example, "I believe....” or “I have found...."

 Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K.  (2003).  The Virtual Student.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.